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An Echo in the Bone [Hardcover]

Diana Gabaldon
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Sept. 22 2009 Outlander
A new Outlander novel — the seventh — from #1 National Bestselling author Diana Gabaldon.

Readers have been waiting with bated breath for the seventh volume in bestselling author Diana Gabaldon’s epic Outlander saga — a masterpiece of historical fiction featuring Jamie and Claire, from one of the genre’s most popular and beloved authors.

Jamie Fraser, erstwhile Jacobite and reluctant rebel, knows three things about the American rebellion: the Americans will win, unlikely as that seems in 1778; being on the winning side is no guarantee of survival; and he’d rather die than face his illegitimate son — a young lieutenant in the British Army — across the barrel of a gun. Fraser’s time-travelling wife, Claire, also knows a couple of things: that the Americans will win, but that the ultimate price of victory is a mystery. What she does believe is that the price won’t include Jamie’s life or happiness — not if she has anything to say.

Claire’s grown daughter Brianna, and her husband, Roger, watch the unfolding of Brianna’s parents’ history — a past that may be sneaking up behind their own family.

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Praise for An Echo in the Bone:
"A grand adventure written across a canvas that probes the heart, weighs the soul and measures the human spirit across ten generations"

Praise for Diana Gabaldon:
“Riveting. Gabaldon has a true storyteller’s voice.”
The Globe and Mail

About the Author

Diana Gabaldon is The New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels — Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, and A Breath of Snow and Ashes — as well as the bestselling series featuring Lord John Grey, a character she introduced in Voyager and one work of non-fiction, The Outlandish Companion. Winner of a 2006 Quill Award for A Breath of Snow and Ashes, Gabaldon lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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56 of 58 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shocked and disappointed Oct. 7 2009
By E. Siwy
I'll start by saying I LOVE the Outlander series of novels. Claire and Jaime, Roger and Bree, Ian, Jenny... they're all wonderful characters who have been given depth and complexity over the course of the first 6 novels. Then we hit this one. It's my least favorite of the 7.

For the first time ever, I had trouble "getting into" the novel. I felt like too much time was being spent on new characters - John Grey (not a new character by any means, but a minor one in the past novels) was given chapter after chapter of story line, most of which referred back to his own spinoff book which I didn't read because I don't really care about him that much. Characters were mentioned that I couldn't possibly make the connections between, having only read the Outlander series. The result of this was much re-reading, trying to spin the web of connections and make out the proper relationships from the past. Like the French spy who comes looking for Fergus for what reason? Fergus is the illegitimate son of who now??

The Jaime and Claire story took a backseat for the first time. The plot was more about John and his son William (Jamie's son actually, but you know what I mean) and their past. I feel like Gabaldon spent more time developing a way to introduce some famous players into the book than she did developing the original storyline. The story of Roger and Bree in the future was nicely worked in, but was constantly interrupted by descriptions of war and random appearances by Ben Franklin and Benedict Arnold. I realize that she was trying to be accurate in her plot lines, but honestly, I'm not reading it for the accurate historical value. I don't need that many details.

The last few chapters of the book were shockingly different in pace.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed and sad Jan. 13 2010
By CMac51
I have read all of Diana Gabaldon's books 5 or 6 times. It's almost a joke in my family that I keep reading her books over and over again and still enjoy them. So, it was exciting to read of the launch of her newest book last September and I received a hard copy for Christmas. In the midst of family holiday celebrations I started reading it and thought that the wandering plots, the disconnected characters and the lack of interest I seemed to have was due to the distractions of having my entire family around. Imagine my disappointment when I started the book again and found that this was really the case. All of the comments I've read about the book are what I've thought. Too many irrelevant characters (I had to re-read the ocean battle scene a few times to get the people straight and I still don't understand the relevance.) The last few pages were possibly the most interesting although there were so many disjointed threads it was as if Diana realized that she was running out of time and jammed in as many bits as possible. But I hated the way she left us hanging - very dissimilar to her other books. I felt there was too much about Lord John and William, not enough about Claire and Jamie and while I understand that Diana is an American and that the war of Independence is very important to her, one of the things I loved most about her other books was the international aspect to them. The war of independence is an important piece of history but the minutia about the so called military manoeuvers left me cold.

All in all, I am very disappointed and feel let down at the quality of this book. There are also typos such as the description of Jem and the chickens and Mrs. Bug where she is called Mrs. Baird. Not a big deal but annoying when reading.

For the first time with respect to a Gabaldon book, I would say that it was not worth the money to buy it nor worth the time it took to read (and re-read) it. I feel terrible in saying this.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where oh where was the editor? Oct. 9 2009
By Misfit TOP 500 REVIEWER
Echo picks up where A Breath of Snow and Ashes left off as Claire and Jamie Fraser and Jamie's nephew Ian leave life at Fraser's Ridge behind them, head for Scotland to pick up Jamie's printing press and return to America. Of course this _is_ Jamie and Claire we're talking about so there is no smooth sailing and the *road* to Scotland is mired with many side-trips and detours as well. Roger and Bree have returned to the present and settled into life at Lallybroch, although they're also in for a few twists and turns and bumps in the night as well. William is now an adult and an officer in the British army and we see quite a bit more of him - will he and Jamie ever meet face to face? Who is the mysterious man searching for Fergus and what secrets might he reveal about his birth parents?

You'll find new friends among the old from the previous books (and a couple of very surprising returns), although IMHO there are waaaaay too many new friends as well as waaaay too much of Lord John and characters from his books. I'm not that fond of Lord John as a major character and that's why I didn't read the books to begin with and consider it dirty pool to muck up Jamie and Claire's story with Lord John's, particularly that little plot twist at the end. Eww ewww ewww ewww e[...] Diana, how could you?

In the end, I'm wondering if I've changed as a reader, or has Gabaldon changed and/or got a bit sloppy? I've heard many complain about her going on in too much detail in the other books but I was so enraptured with them I wouldn't have wanted to have seen one word edited out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 4 days ago by Donna Taylor
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Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Thank you
Disappointed. Didn't finish the book. Arrived on time and packaged well. Thank you
Published 18 days ago by Sheila
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent book!!
I have just reread this book before reading the latest release by ms. Gabaldon. It was just as good the second time. I would highly recommend any of her books. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Shelley Rae Scanlon
1.0 out of 5 stars only one star,since I can't give zero stars
I have completely lost interest in this series now. Loved the first three, but downhill all the way since. Will not waste my time.
Published 2 months ago by faerieland
4.0 out of 5 stars Loving more of the Brianna and Roger storyline!
Diana Galbaldon is at her best with this amazing story of Jamie and Claire Leave off the Lord John stuff! Read more
Published 4 months ago by PrincessRRT
5.0 out of 5 stars hanging ??
Diana, so many things are left hanging... Wish the next book was available!
Loved the whole series can't wait for the next one.
Published 7 months ago by Vs
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Once again Diana Gabaldon has written a wonderful novel. I have loved this whole series. I enjoy how each one continues on from where you left the characters in the last novel. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Leah
5.0 out of 5 stars Diana Get the next bok out!
Wonderfully written but I'm waiting for the next book, Its been more than 3 years...I've reread the other books again waiting for it to be published!
Published 8 months ago by Jamie Bassett
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD
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